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Do You Need Addiction Treatment?

September 15, 2019 , Agape Treatment Center

addiction treatment fort lauderdaleWhen someone is in the midst of their addiction, they may be in denial that they need help. As a result, it can be difficult for them to admit they have a problem with drugs or alcohol. However, if your drug or alcohol use is creating negative consequences in your life, it may be time to admit that you have a problem. If you have already come to terms with the idea that you might be addicted, you have already taken a crucial first step. 


The next step after admitting you have a problem is figuring out how to solve it. Many people who suffer from addiction can benefit from obtaining addiction treatment. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine whether or not your addiction is bad enough to warrant getting treatment. 


When it comes to drug or alcohol addiction, it is better to be safe than sorry. Too often individuals decide against treatment because they don’t think their substance abuse is bad enough. In reality, anyone who is questioning whether or not they need treatment can benefit from it. 


How Severe is My Addiction?


If your substance abuse has begun to negatively affect your relationships, work-life, and emotional well being, it is safe to say that you likely have a substance addiction. However, there are criteria to properly diagnose an addiction. The DSM-V contains the criteria for diagnosing a substance use disorder.


The following make up the diagnostic criteria for diagnosing substance use disorders.[1]

  1. A substance is being taken in increasingly large amounts or over a longer period of time than the user intended. 
  2. The person wants to control their substance use but is unsuccessful at doing so.
  3. A lot of time is spent doing activities that are required to obtain a substance, use a substance, or recover from a substance’s effects. 
  4. The person experiences an intense craving, or strong desire, to use the substance. 
  5. Repeated use of a substance causes problems at work, school, or home. 
  6. Substance use persists despite any consequences or problems that arise from the person’s use. 
  7. The person gives up social, occupational, or recreational activities that were once important to them due to their substance use. 
  8. Substance use begins to be physically dangerous or hazardous. 
  9. The person continues to use a substance despite knowing that it is causing them physical or psychological problems. Substance use may begin to exacerbate pre-existing physical or psychological problems. 
  10. Tolerance has developed towards the substance. 
  11. Withdrawal occurs when the substance is not taken or the person continues to use to avoid withdrawal symptoms. 


If you have 2-3 of the previous criteria, you probably have a mild substance use disorder. The presence of 4-5 criteria is considered to be moderate, and 6 or more symptoms indicate a severe substance use disorder. 


Substance Use Disorders Are Progressive


If you determine that you may only have a mild substance use disorder, it is important to note that addiction is a progressive illness. Consequently, someone who may only meet a few of these criteria may find themselves experiencing more and more of them as time goes on. As a result, anyone who experiences any of the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria can benefit from seeking addiction treatment. 


Some people may think that their substance use isn’t bad enough to go to treatment. Similarly, some may compare themselves to their friends and think they aren’t as bad as others. Unfortunately, both of these misconceptions are dangerous.  As a progressive, fatal illness, avoiding addiction treatment will only prolong the pain and misery that comes from addiction. The sooner you admit that you need help, the better. Addiction can be prevented from getting worse if it is treated as early as possible.


Signs that Indicate You Need Addiction Treatment


It is important to be able to recognize addictive behaviors. After all, denial is very common among people who suffer from addiction. In addition, your behaviors and the behaviors of others can serve as tell-tale signs that you need addiction treatment. Some signs or behaviors that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol include: 


  • Friends and family are concerned about your drug or alcohol use
  • Working hard to hide your substance use from your loved ones 
  • Making up lies and excuses to cover up your drug or alcohol use
  • Engaging in risky or illegal behaviors to obtain your substances or while under the influence
  • Spending most of your money on drugs or alcohol
  • Friends and family have stopped allowing you to join in on social events
  • Your drug or alcohol use is your top priority throughout the day


Even the most high-functioning addicts and alcoholics will face consequences eventually. Since addiction is compulsive and progressive, it can become difficult to hide and manage. Although some people will struggle with their addiction for many years, it is possible to get help before things get worse. 


Get Addiction Treatment Today


If you are ready to seek help for your drug or alcohol addiction, don’t wait any longer. For most addicts and alcoholics, checking into treatment is the best option. After all, many will find it extremely difficult or impossible to quit on their own. 


Addiction is a disease that affects the mind, body, and soul. Therefore, treating addiction requires detoxing the body, addressing behavioral issues, and mending the soul. If recovery is attempted alone, it can be a terrifying and confusing endeavor. Instead, seeking help from an addiction treatment center is the crucial first step to achieving lasting sobriety. 


To inquire about addiction treatment for you or a loved one, contact Agape Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale today.